Oh for the love of quilts! There is something about a quilt that just speaks to the soul, doesn’t it? I’m not sure if everyone feels that way, but I know a lot of people (mostly women) that truly appreciate a beautiful, handmade quilt. Fortunately, in our beautiful Smoky Mountain area, we have a handful of Smoky Mountain Quilt Shops that offer handmade quilts. Let’s check out where these shops are located and what they have to offer.

The Cherry Pit is located in downtown Sevierville near the Courthouse. I have visited this cute little quilt shop a couple of times. It is loaded wall to wall with fabric! Everything you need to make a quilt is inside. Kits, books, fabric, thread, and they even have their own collection of quilts displayed throughout the store. The Cherry Pit is open Monday-Saturday 9:00am-4:30pm, closed on Sunday. The Cherry Pit also offers classes, you can view and choose which class you would like to take on their website. To find out the latest on what they are doing you can also read their blog. This is a must see shop when visiting our area! You will not be disappointed.

This next little shop is locally owned and operated and located in Gatlinburg, TN. The Maples’ Tree offers oversized quilts from Donna Sharp Quilts, and Patchwork quilts along with handcrafted signs and Natural Life products. My Mother in law purchased a quilt set from here a few years ago. It was beautiful!  This is a great place to stop if you are already in Gatlinburg walking and shopping the strip.

We’ve talked about Lid’l Dolly’s Factory Store before. They are mainly known for their Lid’l Dolly’s handmade dresses, however this factory is HUGE! They have an extremely large selection of patchwork quilts. You could probably spend a couple hours here. Be sure to visit their website before you go, you can print off coupons.

Mountain Stitches by Susan, located off of Glades Road in the Gatlinburg Craft Community. They are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. The owner Susan has a great story on how she came about owning her shop. She has been quilting since she was a small girl with her mother. Her love for sewing and quilting carried over into her adult life, and when she became a mother she began making her children’s clothing and dolls. She moved from dolls to teddy bears and over time her love for quilting took over and here she is today. She opened her shop in 1994 and has been enjoying sharing her love for quilting with the many visitors that come in and out of her shop daily.

Zoe’s Quilt Shop is also located in the Gatlinburg Crafts Community off of Glades Road. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4:30pm, closed Sunday. It does not have a website, but anything in the crafts community is definitely worth a look! Be sure to check out this local quilt shop before you head back home.

Not only do we have some great Smoky Mountain Quilt Shops but throughout the year we host very popular quilting shows and conventions! You can mark your calendar for the next one, The 23rd Annual Smoky Mountain Quilt Fest: March 21-25, 2017. Quilters from all around the world gather for this event to attend classes that are based on skill level and technique. Quilters can also choose to enter their quilts for competition under different categories. If you would like more information on the types of classes offered and registration click HERE.

If you are looking for all sorts of information on quilting in Tennessee you can check out this website. Quilters Resources give you just about everything you would want to know.

I’ve learned that once you join the quilting community it truly is a sisterhood. It’s a mutual understanding and respect of taking a simple piece of fabric and turning it into a work of art. Next time you visit our area, be sure to check out these local Smoky Mountain Quilt Shops. Your craft-minded heart with thank you. For the love of quilts.